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[Written by: Kelly Alyse]

Today’s guest writer is our friend Kelly Alyse! A film student at the University of Sussex in England, she currently runs her own film site called The Film Obsession.

In 1984, something was created that from then on would cause an overwhelming feeling of excitement in each and every person when they went to see a Disney Pixar film. That something was “The Adventures of André and Wally B” – Pixar’s first short (well sort of). John Lasseter made groundbreaking work involving the short tale of the cute characters of André and Wally B, using incredibly emotion and charm from a computer at the time. From then on, Lasseter played a huge focus to Pixar’s success and with now around 20 shorts, each evolving into something greater, more entertaining and completely original each time, they’re a big part to our cinema-going experience every time we set out to see a new Pixar film. “Day and Night”, the latest of the little features has an immense amount of work gone into every detail making it possibly the most memorable and most appealing to audiences. Taking this out, I have explored the different shorts and come up with a top five which you must watch in order to gain the real satisfaction of the artwork these films use. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“Round these parts, we don’t take kindly to cider poachers.”

2009 was a pretty special year for the animation world. The biggie was, of course, Pixar’s brilliant Up, but there was also another little gem in there that year, and that was Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, the children’s story by Roald Dahl.

If you have seen any Wes Anderson before, then there are a number of things that Anderson does that appear in here as well. The framing of each shot is so beautifully done, that you can forget that you are watching a film about a bunch of talking animals. It reminds of going to the theatre, how they often seem to be delivering in the audiences direction, but just looking past you, but as film allows, and Anderson does so well, the background is used to perfectly complete each image that he creates. Another fantastic component is, just like Pixar does so well, you forget that the film is aimed at children, and it is done so simply. By just treating children like adults, and understanding that you can make children and adults laugh with the same jokes. (more…)

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[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

Lee Unkrich, 2010 / “You got a friend in me.”

Toy Story 3 is the latest film to be produced by the masters at Pixar Studios, and although Toy Story 3 s not up to the standards of their previous works such as Up and Wall:E, it still maintains the high standards that has come to be expected for them. It is funny, sad, and an amazing effort that deals with mature themes while keeping them extremely family friendly. To start with, the short film, Day and Night, is a cute adventure that tells of two animated drawings that reasonable ghost-like characters on a black background, with one showing day-time images in its profile, and the other showing night. They go around showing the contrasting images, and the everyday sounds of each setting providing a humours soundtrack (for example, in Las Vegas). This simple use of sound and basic image gives these two simple images personality, and is in my opinion the best of Pixars short films. (more…)